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Hello all... I am attempting to see if a particular toolbar is added to the start menu by [attempting to] get the visible text of the task bar. I can see the text in AutoIt Window Info, but no matter how I call ControlGetText() it always returns an empty string.

I have tried the following:

Dim $smVisTxt = ControlGetText("[CLASS:Shell_TrayWnd]", "", "[CLASS:ReBarWindow32; INSTANCE:1]")
Dim $smVisTxt = ControlGetText("[CLASS:Shell_TrayWnd]", "", 40965)
Dim $smVisTxt = ControlGetText("[CLASS:Shell_TrayWnd]", "", "[CLASSNN:ReBarWindow321]")

I am fairly certain that it isn't the [CLASS:Shell_TrayWnd] that is the problem because it works for a WinActivate call.

I have search and seen other scripts that appear to work on the taskbar without incident or mention of this. Advice anyone?

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This script gives me all the active parts of my TaskBar:

For $i = 1 To 10
    $sText = ControlGetText("[CLASS:Shell_TrayWnd]", "", "[CLASS:ToolbarWindow32; INSTANCE:" & $i & "]")
    If $sText = "" Then ExitLoop
    ConsoleWrite($i & " : " &$sText & @CRLF)

I am running Vista and get the following:

1 : Notification Area
2 : System Control Area
3 : Quick Launch
4 : Running Applications
5 :

When I add new toolbars they show up without problems - so I hope this works for you too. :(


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